It is being reported on October 2, 2015 that a Rutgers philosophy professor, Anna Stubblefield, was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault in a New Jersey courtroom today. She was found guilty of having sexual relations with a 34-year-old disabled man.
The man called ‘D.J.’ in court suffers from cerebral palsy and is unable to communicate. The professor argued that she could communicate with D.J. via ‘facilitated communication.’ She claims that it was a consensual relationship and that they were in love with each other.
The judge did not accept the facilitated method as a valid form of communication. As a result it was determined that D.J. could not have consented to having sex.
Prof. Stubblefield worked with D.J. for two years using facilitated communication. With her guidance, ” . . .he wrote papers that were presented at conferences and wrote essays for a literature class he took at Rutgers.”
Attorney James Patton said, “There’s nothing weird about this relationship . . .the evidence in this case is overwhelming that this was a consensual, mutual, loving relationship.”